Illustrating the French Presidential Election Results
The New York Times has created a set of data visualizations illustrating the results of the French presidential election. The visualizations break down the voting results and turnout percentage by department (France is divided into administrative regions and these regions are divided into departments) and contextualize the results with commentary on departmental demographics and economic trends. While Emmanuel Macron won by a nearly two-to-one margin, the results were not evenly distributed across each region and demographic of France. A side-by-side visualization comparing regional unemployment with support for right-wing candidate Marine Le Pen shows that her message resonated powerfully in the regions of France suffering from high unemployment and low wages.